Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy

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Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy

By Stephen Gaukroger

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This ambitious and important book, first published in 2001, provides a truly general account of Francis Bacon as a philosopher. It describes how Bacon transformed the values that had underpinned philosophical culture since antiquity by rejecting the traditional idea of a philosopher as someone engaged in contemplation of the cosmos. The book explores in detail how and why Bacon attempted to transform the largely esoteric discipline of natural philosophy into a public practice through a program in which practical science provided a model that inspired many from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Stephen Gaukroger shows that this reform of natural philosophy was dependent on the creation of a new philosophical persona: a natural philosopher shaped through submission to the dictates of Baconian method. This book will be recognized as a major contribution to Baconian scholarship, of special interest to historians of early-modern philosophy, science, and ideas.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Philosophy -> History & Surveys

Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 3/19/01
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 051103234X
ISBN 13: 9780511032349
Print ISBN: 9780521801546

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